Dennis A. Amith

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The One about the Memorial Event for Wayne S. Graczyk

Memorial Event for Wayne S. Graczyk Noon to 2 PM., Saturday, May 20, 2017 Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan  You are invited to celebrate the life of Wayne Graczyk, longtime columnist for The Japan Times and Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) member. Wayne passed away on April 19, 2017 while in Kumamoto to help Nippon Television cover a countryside game between the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He was a fixture in the […]

The One about Kubota Slugger

In the United States, we are accustomed to ordering online for baseball gear these days and while sports shop retailers still exist, you have your department stores that sell baseball gloves and some who go online to find really awesome quality baseball gloves such as Vinci. In Japan, while many are familiar with Mizuno, SSK, Hatakeyama and Zett but another company out there is Kubota Slugger. I recently visited the Tokyo Branch of Kubota Slugger […]

The One about the 2015 Yokohama DeNA Baystars

It almost looked as if 2015 would be the year for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. Since 2002, the team has placed dead last in the Central League (with 2005, they came in 3rd and in 2007, they came in 4th and in 2013 & 2014, they came in 5th). But during the spring and heading into the summer, the BayStars looked as if they showed great potential with great pitching and wonderful batting, it almost […]

The One about Masanori “Mashi” Murakami

Before Japanese baseball players such as Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Hideo Nomo played in America for Major League Baseball, there was Masanori Murakami. In 1964, sent to the United Sates by the Nante Hawks, Masanori Murakami became the first baseball player in Japan to play for the MLB. The story of Masanori “Mashi” Murakami is no doubt inspiring and also heartbreaking. In 1964, Murakami became the first Japanese baseball player to play for a Major […]

The One about Purchasing Baseball (NPB) Tickets in Japan

For those who are traveling to Japan and want to watch a baseball game will want to purchase their tickets through sites like While there is a small fee tacked into the price, one must remember that you are literally hiring someone to get you the best seats available (you can let them know which area you prefer to sit), without the hassle, without having to wait in line to purchase tickets and it’s […]